Cyn on The Big Screen

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
February 8, 2008

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave
@ 2nd St
New York, NY 10003

Before I started my career in wine, I freelanced in the film industry as a simultaneous translator (French-English-Chinese) for press conferences and film festivals in France and Taiwan. I had the good fortune to work closely with some of the most powerful minds in contemporary cinema: Theo Angelopoulos, Claude Sautet, Olivier Assayas, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, and the late Edward Yang.

And as a result, my fifteen minutes of film fame were captured in a documentary on a Taiwanese master, HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao Hsien (1997) by French director Olivier Assayas.

The film will be on the big screen again this coming Sunday, February 10th at 5pm at Anthology Film Archives. It contains some of the most beautiful landscapes of rural southern Taiwan as well as revealing exchanges between Assayas and Hou. The film’s Assistant Director (who even appears in a few close-up shots) was none other than yours truly!


Comments (1)

peter hellman

Feb 11, 04:49 PM

Hi Cynthia— Drats! Wanted to see you on silver screen but had other responsibilities on Sun. Hope another showing will come. Someday, I hope to visit Taiwan—and its museum of Chinese ceramics.

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